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The Hiccupotamus Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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Author and illustrator Aaron Zenz presents a whimsical rhyme of epic proportions in his first children's picture book "The Hiccupontamus." Beautifully illustrated, and in a Dr. Suess-like manner, the story creates many words that would send Daniel Webster reeling.
"There was a hippopotamus
Who hiccupped quite-a-lotamus
And every time he got'emus
He'd fall upon his bottomus."
Zenz rendered all of the humorous cartoon illustrations using colored pencils, using 119 in all. The Spring Lake, Michigan resident holds an art degree from Hillsdale College. "The Hiccupotamus" took eight years to complete and is published by Chicago-based Dogs In Hats Children's Publishing.
The printing quality of the book is ultra-professional and brings out Zenz' pressure-applied pencils to vibrant life. It is often a competitive page quandary for the reader which to love most; the story or the drawings. The chemistry between text and pictures is remarkable, and rivals the best children's books ever published.
Aaron Zenz enjoys communicating with kids of all ages through art lessons to home schooled children and Sunday School classes. His outreach to children can only grow with this jewel of a book.
For adults, Zenz's humor continues onto the final page of the book with the Cast Bios. My favorite is that "the part of the buffalo was played by a groundsquirrel named Arlo." For librarians, check out the subject headings, all rights reserved statement and other funny bits on the copyright page. Laugh-out-loud funny!
In rhyming verse we learn of the dire fate of an adorable purple hippopotamus. He got the hiccups, "quite-a-lotamus". At first he doesn't do much about the fact. Unfortunately, that means startling other creatures around and about him. An angry elephant starts chasing him once he disturbs her cake and cupcake dining. She's joined soon thereafter by a "centipede pouring new cementipede" and even by a rhinoceros. "... And that was the last strawcerous". Hiccup cures are employed, but they're doubled up for maximum effectiveness. This means, "They acquired an aquarium / And flashed him something scaryum". In the end, the hiccups are gone but seemingly have transferred to the elephant, centipede, and rhino instead. The last image we have in the book is of a revenge-minded hippo with a book entitled, "FIX HICS" clutched tightly in his hot little hands.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son loves it but keeps asking what the "new" words mean. :) Regardless, he keeps wanting me to read it to him.Published 2 days ago by Justin R.
Cute book, it was fun to read with my 3year old. It was the perfect bed time book for him.Published 3 days ago by Amy Delapena
It's along the lines of a Dr.Seuss with the rhyming and some of the words are hard to say. We love it though!Published 12 days ago by Wendd Yascomg
I thought it was a cute book, but my 3 year old never wants to read it. He always chooses any other book but this one...Published 16 days ago by Durkn Mom
My little boy laughed hysterically through this whole book. Wonderfully illustratedPublished 21 days ago by amanda townsend
We really liked all the crazy rhymes on every page! The animation and colors are super cute as well! EnjoyPublished 23 days ago by SHELLY SPERINO
A wonderful tale for the reader with hic-em-ups,
This will provide all who suffer great pick-em-ups. Read more
Cute illustrations and characters . . . Kids will probably enjoy hearing it read again and again (repeating the verses themselves as well).Published 1 month ago by Dubyah Bee